Joint Master of Arts in Public History and Library & Information Science

Do you plan to work in a library or archives and want to create exhibits, digital projects, or work with community partners? Are you aiming to build a career in collections management at a museum, historical society, or government agency? The MAPH/MLIS may be the right degree for you! Students in the joint degree program earn both a Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH) and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Wayne State's School of Information Science (SIS). Wayne State's MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association, which means graduates of our joint degree program are certified to work in secondary school, public, private, and academic libraries. Wayne State offers the only joint MAPH/MLIS in Michigan and is one of only a few such programs in the country. 

The joint degree program combines intellectual rigor with convenience and flexibility. All MLIS courses are offered online, and public history courses are offered both at our campus in the heart of Detroit's cultural center and online. While the MAPH/MLIS is not a fully online program, it may be possible, with careful planning, to complete the degree largely or entirely remotely. 

Students in the joint MAPH/MLIS program complete 55 credits of coursework, rather than the 69 credits required to complete each degree separately. Students complete all requirements for the MAPH track that best suits their interests, and choose electives and methodology courses from the MLIS curriculum to count toward both degrees. The joint MA/MLIS carries tremendous savings in terms of time and cost, allowing students to earn both degrees in three years of full-time study. 

Students interested in the archival field may elect to complete a graduate certificate in archival administration, which requires two additional courses beyond those taken for the joint degree. Students interested in the administration of libraries or historical agencies may elect to complete a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, which requires one course beyond those taken for the joint degree.

Application deadline

Students are admitted to the master's program for both fall and winter terms. Applicants who would like to be considered for scholarships must apply by January 15 to begin the following fall. Students who do not wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by April 15 to begin the following fall or October 15 to begin the following winter.

Please review the admissions section of the graduate handbook (PDF) for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

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Tracy Neumann, history graduate director

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